FIREBIRDS SOARING by Sharyn November

FIREBIRDS SOARING

An Anthology of Original Speculative Fiction
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Age Range: 14 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

This follow-up to Firebirds Rising (2006) will hold great appeal for fantasy fans who don’t mind exchanging their epics for short stories. From the lush and lyrical to the minimalist, soaring is exactly what these stories do, taking the reader through unexplored lands of the fantastic, well beyond wizards, vampires and faeries. Some stories are clearly rooted in fantasy legends, like Nina Kiriki Hoffman’s flowing centerpiece, “The Ghosts of Strangers.” Others, like Carol Emshwiller’s “The Dignity He’s Due,” employ some characterizations and settings that step just beyond reality, satisfying those who can’t get enough of the urban fantasy genre. Each story includes an author’s note for further information. Traditional themes in YA literature, including romance, deception and family relations, drive the stories. Both acclaimed and lesser-known authors are included, so readers who pick this up because they recognize a favorite author’s name may discover new favorites. (Short stories/fantasy. YA)

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-14-240552-9
Page count: 592pp
Publisher: Penguin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2008




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